Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD)

Sister School – The Toyohashi School for the Deaf in Japan

students from toyohashi sister school interacting with MSD students
students from Toyohashi sister shcool give a presentation to MSD students

MSD and its sister school take turns hosting an exchange program. Typically, three or four students and two staff take part in each exchange trip. Our inaugural exchange took place in 1999. Those students who come from Toyohashi School for the Deaf (established in 1898) learn about Canadian culture and soon realize how cold Winnipeg really is. They have been known to enjoy seeing the snow for the first time, learning how to skate, going on hayrides, as well as partaking in French-Canadian cuisine.

In turn, students from MSD travel to Japan to sight-see and learn about Japanese culture. MSD students and staff have always enjoyed interacting and communicating with our visitors using two different languages (American Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language).

A student from Toyohashi sister shcool gives a presentation to MSD students